Employee impact: Bringing the community together
This post is part of a series that highlights Regence’s unique Executive Board Placement program, which works to match company employees with nonprofit organizations looking to grow their board of directors. A key part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility approach to giving, the board placement program has become one of the most impactful ways Regence strengthens local communities and supports employees in their own volunteerism. Through the board placement program, and the corresponding funding that complements an employee’s board service, Regence supports employees to serve the greater good.
The YWCA Lewiston-Clarkston provides crisis and emergency intervention programs for women and advocates for social change to improve the quality of life in local communities. Jackie Heaven-Ah Hi, Assistant Director of Customer Service, in Lewiston, Idaho, sought to become more involved in her community since she moved to the region from New Zealand in 2002.
How did you get involved with the YWCA?
Jackie Heaven-Ah Hi (JHH): I was raised in New Zealand and my husband is from the Lewiston area and I wanted to get more involved in the community. While I was familiar with the YWCA, I really didn’t know much about the organization. I learned that the YWCA stands for eliminating racism and empowering women, two issues that are important to me. When a colleague asked me if I was interested in helping the YWCA, I jumped at the opportunity.
What do you do on the board?
JHH: My background is in customer service and human resources, two disciplines that focus on working with people. One area I don’t have experience in is finance, and the YWCA asked if I’d be interested in serving as the treasurer. In addition to making sure that the YWCA’s finances are handled properly, I participate in a monthly board meeting and a monthly finance meeting. Budgeting for and participating in events in the community is a big part of my job.
Have there been any projects that you’ve been able to help drive?
JHH: I’m proud to have participated in three SOUPport Our Shelters programs which is our biggest fundraiser. Throughout the year we hold events where people paint bowls and a local artist fires them in her kiln. In February, the local fire, police and first responders prepare soup for lunches that are donated to local members of the community and other organizations. We ask that each person donate $25 per bowl and the money is used to help support women’s shelters. It’s a unique program that brings together people throughout the community, especially the first responders who are frequently involved with helping those impacted by domestic violence.
What does it mean for you that Regence supports your work?
JHH: The board placement program means a lot to me. I feel very fortunate that Regence gives me the time to help support my community as well as provide financial support. Many of the other people who sit on the board aren’t given the freedom and flexibility that I am given and I greatly appreciate that my employer sees the benefits.
For more information about the Executive Board Placement program, please contact Alison Arella at (503) 414-7849 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.